Conor McGregor makes late UFC training camp change to help future fight plan

Conor McGregor has made a late change to his UFC training camp – and it has an eye on future fight.

The Irishman is in the last weeks of his preparations to take on Dustin Poirier in a rematch at UFC 257 on Fight Island.

And he has been making some adjustments for his first Octagon bout in a year, with his nutritionist putting the fight in the “best shape of his life”.

But the last weeks of the training have seen McGregor bring in a boxing coach.

Having moved from Portugal to Dublin and now to Dubai, professional boxer Dylan Moran has been in the camp as well as Crumlin Boxing Club coach Phil Sutcliffe from the Irishman’s home town.

The UFC star does have experience on the four-cornered ring, having lost to Floyd Mayweather in August 2017.

But he has not been put off and McGregor has been sharing images of him donning the boxing gloves, throwing some powerful punches in training.

Moran also shared images on Instagram after their sparring session – and he could be seen with some blood on his torso.

Replying to fan on the social media channel, McGregor said: “Very tough! I got a nice a shot that clipped the nose upward and made it bleed.

“The rounds were super close tho. Razor! Dylan is one of the better boxers I’ve ever shared the ring with. A phenomenally exciting Irish talent!”

There is a plan in place for McGregor, though, as he is expected to take on boxing legend Manny Pacquiao in the ring.

The 41-year-old confirmed that a fight will be taking place, having failed in his own efforts to dethrone Mayweather in 2015.

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  • And this upcoming bout is also part of the reason that McGregor took a rematch with Poirier, increasing hit fitness.

    Pacquiao spoke to CNN Philippines in November, with the broadcaster tweeting: “Senator and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year, his office confirms.

    “It says details are still being finalized, but a huge portion of Pacquiao's earnings will be used to help the country's COVID-19 response.”

    But Poirier has come out with fighting talk ahead of the rematch, looking to overturn his 2014 defeat to The Notorious.

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